Books

It’s such a luxurious feeling, having a pile of books and magazines waiting by my bed. I have the latest The Sun, Real Simple, and The New Yorker. Also: How to Travel Incognito, by Ludwig Bemelmans (best known for the classic children’s series, “Madeline”); Ascending Peculiarity (a collection of interviews with the inimitable Edward Gorey); A Coffin for King Charles (an account of the trial and execution of Charles I in the winter of 1648-49, which, oddly, I started reading on Charles’ birthday, November 19); and Peter Mayle’s charming romp Hotel Pastis (this is a re-read — it never fails to divert me, no matter how bad things are in real life). Now if only I had time to read them all!